OUR STAFF

CEO - Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Igor Dobrovolskiy
PROGRAM DIRECTOR - Christie Goodwin
 
It is essential for youth to begin their training with a qualified and professional group of educators. At the School of Atlantic Ballet, we strongly believe that the connection between youth development and the arts is best fostered through a direct relationship with professional artists and educators.
 

DANCE FACULTY

Principal
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Yuliia Shevchenko
Ballet/ Dance DIVISION, Advanced ballet

Yuliia Shevchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She began her dance training at the age of five and continued her ballet studies at the Kiev State Ballet Academy. After graduation, she joined the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth in Kiev. Yullia worked throughout Europe as a professional ballet dancer. Her extensive contemporary, classical and character dance repertoire included: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Harlequinade, Romeo and Juliet, Sacred Spring, Pushkin, Casanova, Carmina Burana, Carmen, Four Seasons, Giselle, and Rasputin, in which she had leading and solo roles. In 2002, after giving birth to her daughter Nikita, she joined the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada​. Following her extensive professional ballet career, Yuliia has dedicated her time to teaching and youth development. She has been a ballet teacher and choreographer at ballet schools and instructor and artistic consultant for rhythmic gymnastics groups in Europe and Canada. As well, she has offered ballet master classes, workshops and summer schools in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. Over the last four years Yuliia also contributed her talents to District 2 high school production as a choreographer. She choreographed for the musicals Fame (2007), Footloose (2009), Beauty and The Beast (2009), Into the Woods (2009), Grease the Musical (2010) and The King and I (2011).

  

Instructors
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Eldiyar Daniyarov

Intermediate Level 2, Contemporary & Character 

Eldiyar joined Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada in 2012. Prior to coming to Canada he was dancing as a soloist with the prestigious Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg. He trained and graduated from the esteemed Kazakh National Academy of Arts and went on as a principal dancer with the National Academic Ballet of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Center of Contemporary Dance and the Crown of Russian Ballet Moscow. Eldiyar also has a degree in Teaching and Choreography from the National Academy of Art in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Olga Petiteau
Pre-Primary Ballet, Elementary & Acrobatics 

Olga Petiteau trained at the Académie américaine de danse de Paris. In 2007, she was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York. She joined Ballet Cymru in 2009, where she performed on national and international tours.  She has also been involved in the creation and inception of many neoclassical and contemporary pieces. Olga danced with Vienna Festival Ballet for one season in 2012 and joined Les Ballets classiques de Paris for their international tour. In 2014, she brilliantly interpreted the role of Edith Piaf in Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s original production.

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Stéphanie Audet
Primary, Pre-Ballet, Adult Ballet

 

Born in Montreal, Stéphanie began her training at l’École supérieure de Ballet du Québec.  During her training, Stéphanie had the chance to perform the Balanchine repertory, as well as Swan Lake. She has also been involved in many contemporary new works. This is her second season dancing with Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. In last year’s premiere of PIAF by Igor Dobrovolskiy, she danced the part of Simone “Mômone” Berteaut. Stéphanie has also performed in GHOSTS OF VIOLENCE and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with the Company.

MUSICAL THEATRE FACULTY 

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Miguel Roy is a theatre artist and performer from Oromocto, New Brunswick. Having built a strong foundation of knowledge and skills through St. Thomas University’s concentration in Drama program, he now works to impart fundamentals and tools to the next generation of artists. With a deep focus on generosity, movement, and character building, his classes aim to prepare students for what comes next, be it community, semi-professional, or professional theatre.
 

Over the last decade, Miguel has had the chance to work with creators from many different walks of life, including Lisa Anne Ross’s Solo Chicken Productions, Ryan Griffith’s Next Folding Theatre Co., Tania Breen’s Musical Theatre program with St. Thomas University, and Len Falkenstein’s NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival as well as Fredericton’s own Bard in the Barracks.
 

Since joining the Atlantic Ballet in 2021, he has helped create multiple projects. The first of which was Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical in June 2022. He looks forward to presenting Madagascar: A Musical Adventure in 2023.

Miguel Roy
Theatre Director

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Samantha Buckler
Musical Direction

 

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ARTS AFTER SCHOOL FACULTY 

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Irina Olkinitskaya
AAS instructor

 

Irina was born in Chişinău, Moldova. When she was 20 years old Irina moved to Moscow, Russia where she met her future husband.

After several years of studies in the Moscow State Pedagogical College and then in the Moscow Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute she obtained a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy and Methodology of Early Childhood Education.

In 2012 Irina and her family moved to Canada, when her youngest child was 2 years old and her oldest was 10. From their first years in Moncton all four children were involved in different programs and performances at the School of Atlantic Ballet, and in 2018 Irina joined the School herself as an Arts and Crafts teacher.

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Ghayda Al-Sharbati
AAS instructor

 

Ghayda Al-Sharbati is a teacher in sport education. She taught students and gave university lectures in Iraq for several years, then moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirate where she was involved in education. Ten years later, in 2013, she moved to Canada with her family. There she gained experience in After-school programs and had the opportunity to work with Canadian schools through the Anglophone East School district. She is now proud to be a staff member of the School of Atlantic Ballet, where she helps the program to keep going forward at any circumstances, and provide only the best for her students.